Kia ora, Muslim travelers: New Zealand is ready for you

Go for the scenic highlights, stay for the food. Source: Shutterstock.

MUSLIM travelers, you are going to love Tourism New Zealand’s bigger and better Halal Food Guide!

First launched in 2016 to improve overall visitor experience for Muslim travelers and provide them with a comprehensive overview of halal culinary options in the country, the 2017/18 edition now includes 289 more restaurants and cafes.

That’s a whopping 51 percent increase in listings from the previous edition.

Curated in partnership with the Kiwi Muslim Directory and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), the guide includes establishments that are either halal-certified or offer vegetarian/vegan cuisine, as well as halal-certified grocery stores and takeaway outlets.

The 567 halal-certified listings are divided into three categories, represented by three badges:

Source: Tourism New Zealand.

New Zealand is already known for its scenic nature (beaches, pasture lands, lakes), having been featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

But now, with so many cuisines that will suit even the most discerning palate, Muslim travelers will have even more reasons to visit.

Fish and chips is definitely a thing in New Zealand, but it’s also a dime a dozen. The new guide introduces delicious halal-certified food that ranges from modern Indian to Southeast Asian and authentic Middle Eastern on top of fresh seafood and delectable Western fare.

Visiting Central Auckland sometime soon? Be sure to grab some puffs and pies from Bake and Beans or check out City Pizza if you’re absolutely famished.

Halal foodies going to Wellington will also love the yummies with an authentic Indonesian flavor that Garuda Food Truck serves or the it’s-so-good-it’s-hard-to-believe-it’s-vegetarian dishes that Nature Vegetarian whip up.

On the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Muslim travelers aren’t forgotten as the historic Christchurch has now a handful of halal-certified eateries such as season vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food cafe The Herb Centre.

Just remember to keep a lookout for the badges in the listings so that you know exactly what you’re getting.

Go for the scenic highlights, stay for the food. Tourism New Zealand’s Halal Food Guide is available for download on the website.